Warren Feeney insists that his side have put last week’s FA Cup disappointment well behind them as they prepare to bounce back with a trip to Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday.
The Wings suffered a first defeat in eight games at Weymouth last weekend as their good run of form came crashing to a halt, but with plenty of time to rest and reflect following a gruelling run of fixtures in October, Feeney’s men are well prepared to go again in the league.
“We’ll move on quickly and put it behind us,” said the Welling United boss.
“We were poor, but I can’t knock them because they’ve been absolutely brilliant. The expectation levels have jumped up quickly and we’re ahead of schedule, no matter how you look at it. We had no aim this season, we just want to be competitive – it’s a new team.
“We’ve put last week to bed. We won’t dwell on it,” continued Feeney.
“There will be ups and downs all season and we have to stay level-headed. The players know, they were disappointed with it, but we’ve moved on.”
Feeney believes that his players have already showed their character in their performances, so far, this term, with the Wings going well in the league, and that character will be on show as they react from that defeat last time out.
“We were on an unbeaten run and that showed their character,” he explained.
“They’ve proven that already. We’ll want to go there and win the game and so will Hampton, but at the end of the day, we’ll have our plan. The boys will want to get out on that pitch and, hopefully, get a result.”
Meanwhile, Feeney is expecting another tough test from another game on the road at the Beveree Stadium on Saturday – the location where his Welling dugout career began last season.
“It will be a tough game,” he said.
“I watched them against Dartford and I thought they played very well. They were very unlucky, they’ve had some good results and have a couple of lads who we had here last year. They’ve got good players.
“It was my first game last year and they are a hard, hard test down there. But it’s a test we have to be confident in and, hopefully, with our game plan we’ll go and get the right result.”